How to transfer your contacts

When you get a new smartphone, the first thing you want to do is transfer all your contacts, apps and data from your old smartphone. Here's how...
How to transfer your contacts

Transferring to iPhone

If you’ve just upgraded to a new iPhone, transferring everything can be very easy.

If your old phone was an iPhone, just do an iCloud backup from the phone’s settings menu. Then, when you sign into iCloud on the new iPhone, just tap to restore the most recent backup and everything will move across.

If you’re coming from an Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry, things get a little trickier. To get contacts, calendars, photos and videos across, download the Copy My Dataapp onto your old and new phones. Then make sure both phones are on the same Wi-Fi network, launch the app and follow the on screen instructions.

To put your music on your new iPhone, you’ll need to get it onto iTunes. Plug your phone into your computer and find the music files in its memory. Open iTunes and drag the music files from your phone to the iTunes music view. Now click iPhone, then Music and select the songs you want to sync with your new iPhone.

To get your apps on your new iPhone, you’ll have to search the App Store and install them individually.

Nexus 6 Tap and Go transfer

Transferring to Android 5.0 Lollipop

If your new phone runs the latest Android Lollipop operating system, and your old phone has NFC, there’s a really easy way to transfer all your stuff.

When you first turn on the new phone and start clicking through the setup screens, you’ll come across one titled ‘Tap & Go’. This lets you use NFC to transfer everything from your old phone to your new one in seconds.

All you need to do is make sure NFC and Bluetooth are turned on in your old phone and tap the phones back to back. Everything will then move across wirelessly without you having to lift another finger.

If your old phone doesn’t have NFC, use one of the simple transferring methods below to get your new phone set up.

Transferring to a Sony smartphone

With the Sony Xperia Transfer Mobile app, you can transfer all your data without a computer.

If you’ve got an iPhone, use the special transfer cable that came with your new Sony Xperia smartphone – it’s an adaptor that plugs into the port of your Sony phone. Then plug your iPhone’s cable into the other end of the adaptor and fire up the app. All your contacts, photos and data will be transferred in seconds.

When you’re transferring from an Android or Windows powered phone, it’s even easier. Turn the NFC (Near Field Communication) feature on for both phones, open the app on the Sony and tap the phones together. With Android devices, even all your apps are installed on your new Sony.

Better yet, if you’re transferring from an iPhone or Windows Phone device, you’ll get vouchers to pay for the Android versions of your apps. It means you won’t have to pay again for apps you already bought from a different app store.

You’ll find the Xperia Transfer app available for free at Google Play Store

HTC One M9 camera

Transferring to an HTC smartphone

HTC has developed a really handy website if you’re transferring to one of its devices. The aptly named HTC Transfer Tool lets you transfer all of your contacts, photos, music and more from your old phone to your brand new phone.

For Android Phones, use the HTC Transfer Tool, which comes on all new HTC devices and can be downloaded from Google Play™ Store on your old phone. Open it on both devices, and the tool will let you transfer whatever content you choose.

Transferring from iPhone, there’s an HTC Sync Manager programme you install on your computer. You backup your iPhone to iTunes, open up HTC Sync Manager, click Transfer, choose the iPhone backup you want, and it’s all transferred over quickly and easily.

Finally, for Windows and BlackBerry phones, HTC has a Bluetooth transfer option. There’s the usual pairing of devices involved, but once it’s up and running, follow the simple on screen instructions to transfer the stuff you want to your new phone.

To find out more about all of these transfer options, visit HTC Transfer

Transferring to a Samsung smartphone

Samsung boasts that its Smart Switch service is the easy way to transfer content between your current phone and your new Galaxy device. You can transfer contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendar and more, all by choosing your current device and following the onscreen instructions.

Users of Apple’s iCloud have it really easy, as you just need to enter your iCloud address and password, and all of your content will be pulled straight from your iCloud backup.

If you don’t use iCloud, you can use iTunes instead. You backup to iTunes as normal, then download the Smart Switch app onto your computer and choose the backup you want. It’s a similar process for BlackBerry and Windows Phone users.

Transferring from another Android device? It’s as simple as downloading the Smart Switch app from Google Play Store on both of your devices, and following the on screen instructions.

Head to Samsung Smart Switch and pick your device.

Transferring to a Motorola smartphone

To get all your iPhone content onto a Motorola, like the Moto X, install the Motorola Transfer app on your new phone. The app then logs into your iCloud account and copies all the data to your Google account. From there, everything comes straight onto your Motorola. No cables or computers required.

If you’ve been using an older Android phone, install the app on both the old phone and your new Motorola. Open both apps, scan the QR code on the screen of your old phone with your new Motorola, and all your videos, contacts, texts and even call history will be copied across. Again, it’s all done without cables or computers.

The Motorola Transfer app is available for free from Google Play Store

Transferring to an LG smartphone

If you’ve got your hands on a shiny new LG smartphone, the LG Backup app will let you easily transfer all of your data from an old LG phone. And if you’ve got a new LG G3 or G3S, the process is simple as you can transfer data by Wi-Fi, as long as both phones are connected to the same network.

You’ll find LG Backup available for free at Google Play Store

Microsoft Lumia 435 transfer

Transferring to Windows Phone

If you’re moving from an older Windows Phone to a new one, the Transfer my Data app is what you need. It’ll transfer all your contacts, text messages, pictures and more via Bluetooth.

If you’ve got a BlackBerry, iPhone or Android, this app is still useful, but it’ll only be able to transfer your contacts to the new phone.

You’ll find this app available for free at Windows Store

To move all the other data from an old phone to a new Nokia/Microsoft Windows Phone, there’s Welcome Hometo Windows Phone. Once you’ve visited the website and installed it on your PC or Mac, just plug in your old phone and follow the instructions. Everything from texts to videos will be sent to your new Windows Phone.

When it comes to apps, the Welcome Home software will scour your old phone and the Windows Store and recommend apps for your new phone. You can then install them if you think they’re a good fit. And if they’re paid apps, Microsoft will actually give you money to buy them.

Visit the Welcome Home to Windows Phone website to find out more.

Transferring to a BlackBerry

The team at BlackBerry make it really easy to transfer to one of their devices. BlackBerry Device Switch lets you move from BlackBerry to BlackBerry, iPhone to BlackBerry or Android to BlackBerry.

For Android and iPhone, it’s as simple as navigating your new BlackBerry to the Device Switch website, connecting both of your devices to the same Wi-Fi network, then following the on screen instructions. You can download contacts, calendar details, music, video, pictures and details from iTunes for iPhone users.

Have you recently used any of these methods to transfer content from your old phone to your new phone? We’d love to hear how you got on, so let us know in the comments section below.

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